Accessibility News November 9,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*McWynnety Government Update, Month 10: Where’s the Enforcement?
*Uncle Sam Orders Airlines Make Websites Accessible To Disabled Passengers
*Therapist Introduces iPads as Educational Tool for Children with Special Needs
*Read the AODA Alliance’s Oral Presentation to the Manitoba Legislature’s Standing Committee on Social and Economic Development on Bill 26- the Proposed Accessibility for Manitobans Act And Other News
*New Toronto Star Editorial Backs Our Call for the Ontario Government to Reveal Its Plans for Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*I, The AODA Jury
*Advocates for blind cheer ruling on voter rights
*Hearing Loss Association of America and AMC Theatres® Reach Landmark Agreement to Dramatically Improve Access to Movies for Millions of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patrons in New York State

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ARTICLES:

McWynnety Government Update, Month 10: Where’s the Enforcement?

Note: The AODA Alliance has yet to get a response from this request.

AODA Alliance Presses McGuinty Government for Specifics on How It Plans to Keep Its Oft-Repeated Election Pledge to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act

On January 22, 2013, the AODA Alliance wrote Community and Social Services Minister John Milloy, who has lead responsibility for implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We asked the minister for specific details on the Government’s plans to keep its promise to effectively enforce the AODA. This letter is set out below.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-presses-mcguinty-government-for-specifics-on-how-it-plans-to-keep-its-oft-repeated-election-pledge-to-effectively-enforce-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

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Uncle Sam Orders Airlines Make Websites Accessible To Disabled Passengers

All airlines operating flights to, from, and within the United States will have to make their websites accessible within two years, a new DOT rule
Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uncle-sam-orders-airlines-make-websites-accessible-to-disabled-passengers/

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Therapist Introduces iPads as Educational Tool for Children with Special Needs
With the advent of tablet devices, though, Nicole saw an opportunity. She began suggesting families purchase iPads about three years ago, under the direction of Dr. Jan Brunstrom-Hernandez. She started identifying applications that would help children with certain limitations, apps that would make them more productive, and apps that could help them sharpen their hand-eye coordination. And it didn’t take long for schools to start seeing the benefit.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/therapist-introduces-ipads-as-educational-tool-for-children-with-special-needs/

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Read the AODA Alliance’s Oral Presentation to the Manitoba Legislature’s Standing Committee on Social and Economic Development on Bill 26- the Proposed Accessibility for Manitobans Act And Other News

There have now been 287 days since the AODA Alliance wrote the Ontario Government for information on the Government’s plans to keep its election promise to effectively enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. To read the AODA Alliance’s unanswered January 22, 2013 letter to the Ontario Government, requesting the Ontario Government’s plans for enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/read-the-aoda-alliances-oral-presentation-to-the-manitoba-legislatures-standing-committee-on-social-and-economic-development-on-bill-26-the-proposed-accessibility-for-manitobans-act/

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New Toronto Star Editorial Backs Our Call for the Ontario Government to Reveal Its Plans for Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

On October 31, 2013, the Toronto Star ran a hard-hitting editorial, set out below. It calls on the Ontario Government to at last make public its plans for enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It is a real boost to our non-partisan campaign to make Ontario fully accessible for all people with disabilities, when a major newspaper runs an editorial that backs our cause.
Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-toronto-star-editorial-backs-our-call-for-the-ontario-government-to-reveal-its-plans-for-enforcing-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

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I, The AODA Jury

By Mike Hammer, as told to Victor Schwartzman

AODA: DOA.

I’m Mike Hammer, private dick for hire. Crack a joke about the job title and eat a knuckle sandwich. I was hired to solve the AODA mystery. I did.
Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/i-the-aoda-jury/

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Advocates for blind cheer ruling on voter rights

The county argued that the plaintiffs were given an equal opportunity to vote. But in a 23-page ruling issued Wednesday that allowed part of the suit to proceed, Spero wrote, “Even if blind and visually impaired voters can communicate their votes with the assistance of third parties, they certainly cannot ‘enjoy the benefits of’ the secret ballot afforded to most other voters.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/advocates-for-blind-cheer-ruling-on-voter-rights/

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Hearing Loss Association of America and AMC Theatres® Reach Landmark Agreement to Dramatically Improve Access to Movies for Millions of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patrons in New York State

AMC is installing captioning systems in New York, and across its national circuit, on a rolling basis in conjunction with the company’s national conversion to digital cinema. Installation has already begun, and personal captioning equipment is currently available for about a quarter of screens at AMC locations in New York.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/hearing-loss-association-of-america-and-amc-theatres-reach-landmark-agreement-to-dramatically-improve-access-to-movies-for-millions-of-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-patrons-in-new-york-state/

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AODA Enforcement
Having an Accessibility issue that isn’t being resolved because of lack of Enforcement?

Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* Government Not Enforcing Disabilities Act, Says Advocate
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/government-not-enforcing-disabilities-act-says-advocate/

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